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Tim Hightower (R, NO)

Tim Hightower is visiting with the Redskins on Wednesday, ESPN's Mike Triplett reports.


Hightower was with the Redskins in 2011 when he suffered a torn ACL that didn't heal properly and subsequently kept him out of the league from 2012 to 2014. After reviving his career in New Orleans the past two seasons, the 30-year-old would seem to be a good fit in Washington's inexperienced backfield, where he might even get a shot to compete for a leading role. While other teams may primarily view him as a passing-down back, the Redskins are already set in that department with Chris Thompson. However, they don't have a clear-cut lead back, meaning that Hightower could be part of a committee at the position. Hightower's last known visit was with the 49ers.

Sidney Jones (Achilles) is confident that he will be able to play in 2017, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports. "The doctor told me I should be right on schedule to play at the beginning of the season and I will definitely be playing this year," said Jones on Tuesday.


Jones had the misfortune of suffering a ruptured Achilles during a drill at Washington's recent Pro Day, which was ultimately repaired Tuesday. Pelissero does give some credence to Jones' confidence that he'll be able to play in his rookie season, however, citing Terrell Suggs, Cameron Wake, and Steve Smith as examples of players who have come back strong the year after suffering an Achilles injury. Still, NFL teams may have a difficult time justifying taking Jones in the top-15 range where he had been projected after the combine. In any case, Jones' fluid stock will be one of the more interesting story lines of the top rounds in the upcoming draft because his offseason participation will undoubtedly be affected, but there is still a chance he'll be available for the bulk of his rookie season. For context, it was close to a guarantee heading into the 2016 draft that Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith would miss at least the entirety of his rookie season , but Dallas still spent a high pick (34th overall) on him. With that, there's hope that Jones' stock won't take the spill that some had anticipated after he initially suffered the injury.

Koa Misi (neck) restructured his contract with the Dolphins on Wednesday, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.


Misi's contract was originally set to have a cap hit of $6.5 million but the restructured deal is undoubtedly less. The veteran linebacker played in just three games last season and has yet to be cleared to return to full activity. When healthy, he'll be one of the team's top reserve linebackers behind starters Kiko Alonso, Lawrence Timmons and Neville Hewitt.

Bryan Stork announced Tuesday via his personal Twitter account that he would step away from professional football.


Stork, 26, declined to officially label his decision as a retirement, but for at least the time being, it sounds like he has no intention of playing after having suffered from multiple concussions during his career. The former fourth-round pick played two seasons with the Patriots before being released from the team last August. He started 17 of the 21 career games in which he played.

Mark Sanchez (Q, Dal)

Mark Sanchez is slated to visit the Bears on Thursday, the Chicago Sun Times reports.


With new starter Mike Glennon and Connor Shaw currently the only QBs the Bears have under contract, the team's interest in Sanchez makes some sense. The fifth overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft is veteran backup material these days and is coming off a 2016 season in which he made two appearances for the Cowboys, completing 10 of 18 passes for 93 yards and two picks in the process.

Christian Hackenberg (Q, NYJ)

The Jets believe Christian Hackenberg has a higher ceiling than Bryce Petty (shoulder), the NY Daily News reports.


The recent signing of Josh McCown puts another obstacle in Hackenberg's path, following a rookie season in which the second-round draft pick didn't attempt any passes even though the Jets' quarterback corps was decimated by injuries. While Hackenberg's struggles in practice kept him behind Petty on the depth chart, the Jets apparently still believe the former has a higher long-term ceiling than the latter. Hackenberg may well be headed for another season as the No. 3 quarterback, but that doesn't mean he won't have a shot to compete with McCown and Petty for the starting job in training camp. It sounds as if Hackenberg would be a long shot in such a competition, unless he is drastically improved from what the Jets saw in practice last year.

Bradley McDougald is signing with Seattle on a one-year, $2 million contract, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.


McDougald fills a clear need for a Seahawks team that previously didn't have any veteran depth at safety behind the phenomenal starting duo of Kam Chancellor (ankle) and Earl Thomas (leg) – both of whom are recovering from surgery. It's a bit surprising McDougald had to settle for such a modest contract and a backup role, coming off a 2016 season in which he recorded a career-high 91 tackles (79 solo) while starting all 16 games for Tampa Bay. He also had 87 tackles (67 solo) and played all 16 games the previous year, but his work in pass coverage has always been questionable, which explains the inability to find a better offer.

DeAngelo Williams (R, Pit)

DeAngelo Williams could still re-sign with the Steelers if he decides to play another season, ESPN.com reports.


The 33-year-old unrestricted free agent hasn't commented on whether he plans to continue playing, but he also hasn't hinted toward any intention of retiring. Coming off an injury-plagued season in which he averaged only 3.5 yards per carry in nine games, Williams doesn't seem to be drawing much attention from other teams. The Steelers recently signed Knile Davis to boost their backfield depth, but the new addition doesn't necessarily preclude Williams from returning, as Davis owns a career YPC of just 3.2 and has done his best work as a kick returner. Should he ultimately return to Pittsburgh for another season, Williams would mostly have value as a handcuff for Le'Veon Bell owners. However, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette believes Williams is unlikely to re-sign.

Armonty Bryant (undisclosed) re-signed with the Lions on Tuesday, the Lions' official site reports.


Originally drafted by the Browns in the seventh round, Bryant played 36 games with the team before joining the Lions via waivers during the 2016 season. He recorded five tackles, three sacks, and one forced fumble across five games with the club. The East Central product was ultimately placed on injured reserve due to an undisclosed injury. The 26-year-old figures to compete for a more solidified role providing depth at defensive end once training camp commences.

Benny Cunningham (R, LA)

Benny Cunningham (neck) signed a one-year contract with the Bears on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.


Cunningham spent the first four seasons of his career with the Rams mainly as a passing-down back and kickoff returner. His 2016 campaign was ultimately cut short due to a neck injury in Week 14. The Middle Tennessee State product figures to have an opportunity to secure a pass-catching role beside Jordan Howard, as well as a kick return role. However, more clarity regarding his status on the team's depth chart is unlikely to be known until closer to training camp.

Cam Newton is slated to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his throwing shoulder on March 30, Max Hanson of the Panthers' official site reports.


Newton suffered a partial tear of his right rotator cuff in Week 14 of last season, after which his practice participation alternated between limited and full in preparation for the final three games. While he didn't miss an offensive snap down the stretch, he statistically posted the worst campaign of his six-year career, completing a miserable 53 percent of his throws for 3,509 yards with a 19:14 TD:INT ratio, while failing to reach 500 yards on the ground (359 yards, to be exact) for the first time. After the season, the Panthers placed a specific rehab schedule upon him. "We developed a plan for Cam to take a period of rest, a period of rehabilitation and treatment, and then start a gradual throwing program the first part of March," head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said. "Cam started his program, and the early parts of his rehab had been going well. However, as we worked to advance him into the next stage – the strengthening stage, the throwing stage – he started to have an increase in his pain level and started having pain while throwing. As a result, Dr. Pat Connor [head team physician] felt the most prudent procedure would be to arthroscopically repair the shoulder." Newton is expected to require 12 weeks before commencing "an early throwing program" and 16 weeks before throwing in a team setting. With attendance during the offseason program ruled out, he'll aim to be ready by the start of training camp in late July.

Kenny Clark is poised for an elevated workload in 2017 due to Letroy Guion's four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.


Along the Packers' defensive front last season, Mike Daniels was the workhorse, earning 64.3 percent of the defensive snaps, while Guion (43.5) and Clark (32.5) were the only other D-lineman to surpass 20 percent. With Guion out of commission for the first quarter of the upcoming campaign, Clark is the candidate to earn an uptick in work, potentially blowing away his season high (42 percent in the NFC championship game) regularly from week to week. If the preceding comes to pass, Clark, a 2016 first-round pick, should build upon a 21-tackle rookie year.

Junior Galette (Achilles) is aiming to be ready for the beginning of training camp in late July, The Washington Post reports.


Galette has yet to log a snap for the Redskins due to a pair of torn Achilles before both of the past two seasons. It remains to be seen how compromised his explosiveness as a pass rusher may be, but he continues to rehab with appearances during the 2017 campaign in mind.

Fabian Moreau suffered a pectoral injury during his workout for scouts at UCLA's Pro Day, Chase Goodbread of NFL.com reports. "It's being evaluated. I don't think it's anything serious.," said coach Jim Mora on Tuesday.


The hope is that Moreau merely suffered a chest strain during the bench press portion of his workout Tuesday rather than anything more serious. Moreau is the latest cornerback to suffer an injury during his Pro Day after Washington's Sidney Jones suffered an Achilles injury that ultimately required surgery. Fortunately, Moreau's injury does not appear to be nearly as significant as Jones'. Moreau's incredibly strong performance at the combine, including a 136-inch broad jump and 4.35-second 40-yard dash, helps diminish the impact of his injury-shortened Pro Day. More updates on Moreau's injury should be available after UCLA's medical staff finishes its evaluation, but at this time, the hope is still that he avoided a significant chest injury.

Kellen Davis

Kellen Davis (elbow) visited the Browns on Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.


After spending the first five seasons of his career with the Bears, Davis is on the verge of joining his sixth organization in as many years, three of which he's played for. The Browns were actually one of them, rostering the tight end during the 2013 offseason and preseason before axing him just before the start of the regular season. Since leaving Cleveland, he's been available for 45 games, starting 20, with the Seahawks, Lions, and Jets over the last four seasons, yet he's managed a measly six receptions (on 19 targets) for 50 yards and two touchdowns. In 2016, he was unable to haul in his only target before landing on IR with an elbow injury, so he's clearly reaching the end of the line as a professional.

Sharrif Floyd, who appeared in one game last season after going under the knife in mid-September to clean up his knee, is not back to full speed. "He's trying to get healthy. He's got this thing with his leg. I don't know if I should get too specific with it," head coach Mike Zimmer told a local radio station as conveyed by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "We're just waiting for it to get healthy and if that's the case then I think he can have a good year."


Minnesota signed defensive tackle Datone Jones in free agency, which likely shows the Vikings are not confident Floyd will be healthy for the 2017 season. However, Floyd has plenty of time to recover and be ready for training camp.

Kamar Aiken (W, Bal)

Kamar Aiken signed a contract with the Colts on Tuesday, Andrew Walker of the team's official site reports.


Aiken officially inked his new deal with the Colts on Tuesday afternoon, giving Andrew Luck another weapon to utilize on offense. The 27-year-old had a breakout season in 2015, recording 75 receptions for 944 yards and five touchdowns with the Ravens. He figures to serve as the Colts' No. 4 wideout on the depth chart behind T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett.

Deonte Thompson re-signed with the Bears on Tuesday, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.


The 28-year-old served primarily as a kick return specialist for the Bears last season but still managed to record 22 receptions for 249 yards and two touchdowns through 16 games last season. Thompson's breakout performance came Week 15 against the Packers, during which he hauled in eight passes for 110 yards. Look for him to compete for the starting kick return position this offseason.

Sterling Moore signed a one-year contract with the Saints on Tuesday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.


Moore will remain in New Orleans, where he recorded 56 tackles, 13 pass deflections and two interceptions through 13 games last season. He'll likely compete with Delvin Breaux and P.J. Williams for a starting gig at cornerback.

Soma Vainuku signed a contract with the Falcons on Tuesday, Curtis Jackson of the team's official site reports.


An undrafted free agent out of USC, Vainuku signed with the Texans last offseason but failed to receive a spot on the 53-man roster. He'll compete with veteran Derrick Coleman for the starting fullback position this offseason.